Guest Reviews for this trip
The Thomson crew is top notch. The ride leaders have in depth knowledge of the climbs and are able to give even the average rider tips to make even the most difficult ride comfortable. They know when to challenge you to work harder to reach the top, when to offer encouragement, and they know when you have had enough and let you know it is no shame to accept a ride to the top.
Thomson Bike Tours is a VIP bicycle experience. First class from the beginning of my planning, to the end of the trip. They take care of every detail. Everything is carefully planned and executed per plan. No worries. Just show up and ride. This was my best sporting experience ever. Lots of challenging rides, wonderful food, and fantastic ride guides. A definite bucket list trip.
Had a wonderful time, met some great people, made new friends. The cycling was massive, more than I expected but felt a great deal of satisfaction at the end.
This has been on the top of my bucket list for many years, and I am so glad I chose Thomson Bike Tours. The logistical support of moving a group of more than 60 riders all around the French Alps is daunting enough, and they did it without missing a beat. Support while we were riding was top notch: each small group of riders had a support van and at least one support person pedalling with us. They took care of every detail from pick up at the airport to drop off a week later. Getting access to watch the racers on Alpe d’Huez, and to visit the departure village only added to the great experience of riding these beautiful mountains.
I was very impressed with the professionalism of the staff and the quality of the trip. Thanks for everything.
A trip I tell my friends to put on their bucket list. Excellent routes and it was so good to do all the famous climbs. A very professional crew. Great TdF viewing opportunities. I’m still buzzing.
Just a great experience with a well oiled team. Highly recommend to anyone thinking of getting a taste of the Alps.
Excellent routes and outstanding staff. I can’t wait for my next trip
Awesome, The entire trip was well planned and executed. Most importantly the people from Thompson were fantastic to spend time with. I really enjoyed everyone I interacted with during all parts of the trip, wether riding or support, everyone was full of energy, positive, and worked hard to make it a great trip. I wouldn’t even think of another tour group in the future.
It doesn’t matter how many times you have imagined yourself riding in the legendary roads of the TdF, being there with Thomson will exceed anything. It is worth every penny, and it will leave you with ever lasting memories. So many, you feel your head and your heart will explode.
I thoroughly enjoyed my week with Thompson. Having watched the tour since c1981 (when ITV world of sport used to show weekly highlights) through the C4 days onto ITV 4 and Eurosport, to get to experience the riders coming towards you on on the Col de Val Louron having just climbed it a few hours previously will live long in the memory. As will the visits to the depart village and the VIP stage end in Laruns. The organisation and hospitality from all the Thompson staff is amazing
Beyond all my expectations.
It was a great experience and will be recommending it to others.
We never worked so hard to get ready for a vacation! But our training paid off and we were able to ride some of the iconic climbs of the Alps and see some key Stages of the Tour de France. We loved every minute and have amazing memories from our trip. Thank you??
Amazing experience, it was well worth the money! The whole Thomson Bike Tours crew was really nice and on top of things! I am definitely looking forward to my next trip!
In 30 plus years of cycling on numerous mountain roads, these were the hardest climbs and best cornering descents I have ever ridden.
My first Thomson’s Bike Tour was an amazing experience riding in absolutely World Class surroundings, climbing iconic Mountains and Cols. And backed up by similarly World Class Ride Captains and resourced vans with encouraging and friendly Drivers. Peter Thomson is a very charismatic, friendly and fun tour operator, and I would recommend going on a Thomson tour to my cycling friends.
Absolutely brilliant. Meticulous organisation and planning. Staff were extremely professional, supportive and encouraging. There was plenty of ride options for people of different speeds and abilities over various distances, so a rider of any ability could enjoy the cycling without the pressure of slowing down other riders. I will definitely be back and will be recommending Thomson to all my cycling friends.
The staff all worked very hard and I enjoyed myself more than I thought. Thank you!
The Tour de France - Alps trip was a breath of fresh air! What stood out for me was being able to test my limits and find new friends on every switchback! Each night at the group dinner we would talk about our challenges and triumphs with the riders in our group. All of the riders supported each other and the camaraderie was amazing. Work and daily life was left behind just for a moment and the joy of cycling in a such a beautiful place with fantastic supportive staff became the days “to do” list! The only thing better is waking up and being able to do it all again. Thank you Thomson for a trip of a life time!
I was disappointed to be reflecting most days on the lack of attention to detail, safety and support I had become accustomed to from Thomson. This certainly took the gloss of what is generally a great experience. While there are a number of great Thomson staff, I felt the attempt to extend the experience to a group of 70 riders meant we ended up with a larger group of inexperienced staff that did not have the same experience and care factor. When issues were mentioned during the trip I received generally unhelpful or defensive responses. Many of these issues impacted directly on safety including riding on closed roads, group members being left behind, lack of briefing on dangers of particular routes, etc.
The trip exceeded my expectations. I never thought I would connect this well with a random group of riders, but I left with new friends and was grateful to get to share this experience with them. The Thomson tour guides were amazing and helped motivate me on difficult climbs and make the trip even more special. The rides were challenging and the views were distracting and far more beautiful than I had imagined. I look forward to my next adventure with Thomson!
Thomson Bike Tours gave me one of the best weeks I have ever had on the bike. It is a combination of route and scenery, service and staff, and people you get to ride with along the way—It really is a top notch tour with great rides, staff, service, clients and scenery. It will challenge you, but the rewards and the conversation after with your tour group will make each day an adventure.
The entire Thomson team is exceptional. I highly recommend them to anyone who wants to ride challenging terrain and view the TDF. The ride leaders are exceptional. They consistently provide support and are true professionals. Peter’s daily briefings were very detailed and informative. It allows the rider to solely focus on enjoying their ride and to happily suffer in the mountains! I will definitely be back! Mike D
I would highly recommend anyone who is considering doing a cycling trip to book with Thompson Bike Tours, Their contacts, planning, support and experience is second to none. Catering for all levels of riding ability (best to do the pre-training as it will make the trip all the more enjoyable, If you think you have been putting in the work, Go and find more hills to climb before you embark on the trip) Extremely professional outfit the, accommodation and bike hire is first class. My next cycling trip in Europe will most definitely be with Thompson Bike Tours
Simply outstanding! Thomson created the Alpine riding experience I had been looking for - challenging courses with unpararreled support. The guide-to-rider ratio was spot-on! The guides (specifically Juan, Emily, Saul, and Mark) were a joy to ride with. The accommodations and food were never lacking. The easy accessibly to and visibility of Peter Thomson made it clear that he is very interested in his customers satisfaction. Already planning my next Thomson adventure - I can’t wait!
The trip was amazing the riding was tough but excellent, the support, organisation, access to the tour de france and mateship was second to none!! Absolutely recommend to anyone that whats to experience a once in a lifetime event.
Peter is a logistical genius with never-ending sense of calm and a quick wit. He should be in charge of the Tour De France overall. Ride leaders provided expertise, but encouraged independence and strength. They Are all awesome. How did you find these wonderful people. We will ride again with Thomson. In fact, we will be looking for a job with Thomson soon. Need Ride Leaders? How about the Tour or California?
Nice job to everyone; overall a great experience!
This trip truly exceeded my expectations. The selection of ride routes not only included the major climbs of the TdF, but also some of the most exquisite climbs that nobody knows about. The access to the TdF pros and the behind the scenes of the race that were provided were more than I could have ever hoped for. I actually had press reporters asking me to make room for them because I was so close to the GC leaders and crowd favorites at the team buses. The food was plentiful, fresh, varied and activity appropriate. Everyone went to great care to make sure that my food allergies and the sensitivities of various other riders were all attended to. The ride leaders helped to inspire everyone beyond what we thought we capable of without ever being pushy. In fact, they always had great humor and fantastic stories and insights about the region, the TdF and the life of pro cyclists.I thought this was going to be a “once in a lifetime trip,” but I had so much fun that I will DEFINITELY do it again and again. Thank you all for making my cycling dreams a reality!
This was probably the most challenging yet rewarding cycling trip we have ever done and we would do it again in a heartbeat! Thank you to the staff for the support and encouragement you gave to inspire me onward. This was one of those “once in a lifetime experiences” and the staff at Thomson Bike Tours made it possible.
Highly recommended for a guided tour. I understand this is necessary for this tour. Others might like a unguided tour to allow more time to explore. I’ll go to Erickson tours for that.
A bycling Tour operator for who loves cycling before anything else.
Thomson Tours owns the ride for the cycling enthusiast. Each and every day was like a Four Seasons Resort on the road. The Pyrenees set the stage for the experience of a lifetime and Mt Ventoux was the pinnacle of the tour. Loved every minute of it!
WAY beyond expectations !
My expectations of the beauty of the French Pyrenees and Mont Ventoux were exceeded beyond words. The chosen routes each day provided a personal challenge and at the same time a sense of accomplishment at the end of each day. To experience the same stages and epic climbs mastered by the Tour of France riders on a personal level has provided a renewed respect for the Tour riders and an equal respect for my daily riding partners on Thomson Bike Tours.
Just an amazing tour group. In 2015 I joined Thomson’s for the Alps VIP experience and considered it the trip of a lifetime. This year I decided I wanted to experience the Pyrenees so I guess that makes two trips of a lifetime and am planning the third trip of a lifetime for 2018!!!
The trip really was amazing and overall surpassed my expectations I had based on information I had from the website. The food, the rides, the VIP treatments and the support were excellent and the vibe was one of thorough enjoyment. Much to my delight, Peter was out riding with us every day and it was obvious his love of cycling which he most definitely passed along into the business. I loved the fact that I really had minimal thinking to do, only to enjoy the journey and ride these amazing epic mountains.
We were so pleased that we would be afraid to even try another company for fear it would not be as good as your tour. I think you do a spectacular job!
From top to bottom, Thompson Tours sets the standard for bike tours. The participants, the support team, the ride leaders, the food and lodging and the knowledge of the rides is second to none. I would highly recommend any Thompson bike tour and can’t wait to ride again in the near future. - Art Folker
Exceptional service from all staff and trip co ordination was next level.
The entire trip was fabulous. From the time we were picked up until the time we were dropped off. Staff were great. They made sure all our needs were met. Was an experience of a lifetime. Thank you for a great trip
The trip was excellent and money very well spent. Peter runs a great tour and is very enjoyable to be around. The staff were all wonderful and you can easily tell they love what they’re doing. I would go on another Thomson trip in a heartbeat and will recommend Thomson Bike Tours to all my cycling friends.
Having Peter Thomson there, the owner, was truly a testimony to how much he cares about his clients and the service he provides to the cycling community that want to experience some of the most spectacular riding on this planet. Thanks to the all the staff members that kept our bikes in top shape and the ride leaders that really knew how to keep our groups together and make sure this was, again, a truly memorable experience. See you all soon. Mike and Shelly ps. when I retire in 5 years, I’d be more than happy to join your team, even to drive a van or wrench on the bikes.
An experience is never created by a company’s name or reputation. Instead, it’s always created by the people who are actually doing the work. The level of support and effort provided by the entire Thomson staff throughout our trip was simply outstanding. We especially appreciated the patience and encouragement provided by Marc, as a support rider, and the hospitality provided by Chris, as a pseudo-tour guide during various times of the week. We also enjoyed the charm of Peter’s evening briefings and simply listening to Sergio (no hair) chatter-on constantly about cycling and other things while driving from one destination to another. Well done all the way around! Thanks again, Matt
The TDF ride option I chose met my expectations. The rides were challenging but I found a ride level that was an excellent fit to my skill/endurance level. The Thomson staff—ride leaders, support van mechanics, customer service, marketing—all contributed to a experience I will cherish.
I was pleased that you accommodated slower riders in the sport group. It was nice to be supported and encouraged. And even though I only rode 2 of the 4 days I felt successful
The cycling was epic, watching the Tour de France in person was a dream come true, and Thomson Tours made the whole experience worry-free for us. We will definitely book another tour with Thomson in the future.
One word: Awesome!
This was an amazing experience. Challenging, exciting, beautiful with exceptional access to a major sporting event. Our week in the Pyrenees was a lifetime event! I recommend it to any serious cycler who wants a challenge, but also the benefits of a tour with great food. Great Job Peter, Tony, Juan and everyone on the team!
What an AMAZING week. Thomson continues to demonstrate why you are simply unmatched in the business. The riding was out of this world, the staff were fantastic to ride with AND just genuinely great people and the planning/logistics were typical Thomson perfection. And the up close and personal access we had to the race itself was SPECTACULAR and will be with me forever. I couldn’t have designed a better experience in my dreams. It was an absolute PLEASURE to suffer with you and your incredible staff through the amazing terrain in the Pyrenees and I can’t wait to suffer with you again soon on another trip of a lifetime.
Great experience. Challenging cycling in the beautiful Alps. Well organized, dedicated staff with a passion for cycling. Great access to the Tour.
I had high expectations, and not a little worry about whether I could “do it”. The trip exceeded my expectations by far-the best trip ever. And, with the great briefings and support, I learned early on that I was able to do even the toughest climbs. Worth every penny. Also, I think the group grew close over the week. It would be great to share emails so we can see each others’ pictures and share them.
The trip was fantastic! Peter, the organizers, ride leaders and mechanics were all well beyond my best expectations, not to mention that they were a pleasure to spend time with and get to know. This was a great experience, both for the riding (and it was tough), the beauty, and the access to the TDF.
Riding in the Pyrenees should be on every cyclist’s bucket list. It is spectacular and challenging. Doing it with Thomson Bike Tours will ensure you enjoy every second, have all the support and comfort you need and allow you to focus on the cycling. I highly recommend Thomson Bike Tours and will cycle with them many times in the years ahead.
Thomson Bike Tours exceeded my expectations in every way. Everything they did was top-notch. I hope to return someday—and I’ll gladly recommend them to friends.
Amazing trip ! The staff is incredible and agenda was so much fun . My expectations were high and Thomson bike tours exceeded all expectations !
The trip was booked by my wife to celebrate my fiftieth birthday. She wanted it to be perfect, an experience of a life time. She and Thomson absolutely nailed it. Wow !
Peter and the team were absolutely amazing! Their personalities mixed with the accommodations, rides and routes, scenery, and Tour de France experience made for a trip of a lifetime… recommended to be done yearly!
The experience for more than I had hoped for. The rides were epic and exhilarating. Support was right on spot for drinks, snacks, encouragement, etc.
“You are all Family to me”
Im sure you will not use this as a testimonial The group I hung out with on the trip, Aussies and a couple of Americans were memorable…funny and crazy. We were a tight little group at times. We all rode at different speeds but we pulled together at mealtime. We complained about the food, the accommodation and the long van rides but we enjoyed each other and loved to joke around with the guides…especially Juan and Tony. Tony was the best driver ever!!! I will remember lots of great moments especially on Mt. Ventoux and Alpe Duez and of course Col de joux plane in the rain…my favourite climb of all!!! I know you guys try as hard as you can to make your trips match the expectations of your clients and I appreciate the logistics and effort required. Hopefully you can utlize some of my comments in a positive way to enhance your TDF tour. I hope I have provided some useful info. For any of my cycling friends who want a vertical experience, I will point them in your direction.
This was my second tour with the Thomson team. It did not disappoint. The KOM TdF trip put us in prime viewing locations with amazing mountain top viewing opportunities. The crew always is attentive, helpful and always encourages us on some of the most challenging days. I will definitely be back! Peter and Tony make a logistically crazy couple of weeks seem easy.
Truly a great cycling experience and a big reason why is the that the Thomson Team were outstanding. Thank You!
The trip was a dream fulfilled. Each ride was well planned and supported. I always felt that my capabilities were understood and catered to.
An amazing experience, excellent support,great company, beyond what I expected
Overall it was a wonderful trip. The Thomson team prepared us for each ride and built up our confidence by get the riders accustomed to the challenges of our climbs. We were ready for Col du Tourmalet. Stage viewing was a highlight with close contact to riders and well staged venues to enjoy the Tour.
Appreciated that Peter was clear on the risks of descending (including death) before the serious accident on Thursday. Only other negative was that Kate Veronneau was not a ride leader!
The riding and TDF experience were great. The leaders and support as well as routes chosen were perfect! The hotel food was disappointing. The accommodations were fair.